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The compelling power of the Aries Full Moon October 5, 2017

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This Aries Full Moon takes the power of Mars to energize us and stir us to action, and amplifies it into a new dimension.  Mars is locked in a dramatic tango with Venus right now, and Mars is the ruler of this Full Moon which promotes it to great importance.  This means that we are more self-oriented and potentially more reactive than we might normally be, and this can result in greater interpersonal conflict.

This dance is embedded in the chart of the Aries Full Moon – another symbol of polarities since the Sun is in Libra, the sign of balance, and the Moon is in Aries, Libra’s opposite polarity. Aries is self-oriented where Libra attempts to balance self vs other – finding that sweet spot in the middle is the message of the Aries Full Moon on October 5th.

Our relationship with others are a mirror of our own internal conflicts, and the attempt to find a harmonious counterbalance, both in our own emotional natures and personalities and in our relationships, is intensified and made more urgent with.  Anything artificial or illusory falls away under this Full Moon and we are given the choice to create transformation or remain in ignorance.

Fortunately, we are blessed at this time with mental clarity and an enhanced ability to communicate our personal wisdom, and a grounding influence can help to provide stability but may also set up road blocks that need to be worked through. In the midst of this, there is a tremendous push for personal liberation and creating the kind of change that will facilitate and encourage a release from old patterns that bind us.

Geeky astrological details – These aspects are embedded into the Full […]

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Planetary news this week: the Venus/Mars dance October 2017

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Venus and Mars begin a new cycle in Virgo in October, symbolizing the eternal dance between feminine and masculine, receptive and assertive, light and dark, negative and positive, yin and yang.

These polarities are interdependent – neither can exist without the other – and they are equal in value.  At times various cultures may ascribe more value to one quality or another (for example, matriarchal cultures may value the peace-seeking qualities of Venus where warrior cultures will value the aggressive energy of Mars), but in their purest form they are equal and balanced.

Finding balance between two polarities is an important part of the astrological symbolism – the twelve zodiac signs consist of six pairs of opposites and each pair requires the other to balance and integrate.  The same is true of Venus and Mars.  Venus is receptive – it represents the force of magnetic attraction.  Under the influence of Venus we attract lovers, money, and other good things, and we learn how to increase that power of attraction by the way in which we interact with the people and things around us.  Mars, however, goes after what it wants.  Mars is the principle of action and motivation, and when the principle of action is thwarted frustration results so Mars also traffics in anger and rage.

In relationships, Venus makes sacrifices for the sake of peace and harmony where Mars seeks personal gratification and the meeting of one’s own needs.  Both are equally important although we sometimes tend to value one over the other.

The conjunction, the meeting of the two planets, is the beginning of a new Venus/Mars cycle.  Like a New Moon, new planetary cycles offer a fresh beginning.  This is an opportunity to find new balance […]

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Sandra Bullock, America’s Sweetheart

Sandra BullockI don’t think anyone is very surprised that Jesse James has been having an affair with a stripper and porn star, but it’s still a shocking turn of events after her Oscar win seemed to signify a period of great fortune for Sandra.  And so it is – she has Saturn sitting right on her Midheaven, the cusp of the tenth house of Career, showing that she is a hard worker and very concerned with achieving her goals.  (7/26/64, unverified time of 3:15 am, Washington DC) Sandra is the kind of person who would say “the harder I work the luckier I get.”  Transiting Pluto has been making a harmonious transit to Saturn and the Midheaven, bestowing greater power and transforming her career.

Sandra’s chart also has Mars sitting right on her ascendant, suggesting that she is fiercely independent and forthright, and Venus is there as well, revealing the attractive qualities that draw so much affection from her fans.

Transiting Uranus has been challenging the ascendant, Mars and Venus over the past year as she was filming the Blind Side and it is during this period that the affair began.  Uranus tends to foster a desire for independence and freedom, and I can imagine that under this influence Sandra may have been even more independent than usual and perhaps husband Jesse James took advantage of that independence to return to his porn star roots.  The affair had evidently been going on for nearly a year.

Sandra has some very positive transits going on, and it is likely that this event is actually luckier than it might first appear.

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